Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens gets a focusing scale

In the last moment before start shipping, Samyang made some design changes to the 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens: they changed the design with a new metallic red ring, added a focusing scale and reduced the size of the lens (I believe they re-designed the lens hood). This is a full frame lens available in Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony mounts. The announced price is €389 (around $540). In the US, Samyang products can be purchased on eBay.

Sample images:

Full press release:

Kraków, 4th of March 2011 r. – Delta company, the sole distributor of Samyang products for Europe proudly presents the final version of the long-waited for Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC. Our new lens comes with utterly new design, with its distinguishing mark: a metallic red ring.

A new concept version of Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC was officially introduced during Photokina 2010 fairs held in Cologne. Since then, we have carried out intensive works to improve optical qualities of theproduct and devise its unique and exceptional design. The conducted works have allowed us to bring you the final version of the lens. Due to your recommendations we decided to add the focusing scale and diminish the overall dimension of the product.

Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC is an optically sophisticated 35mm f/1.4 wide-angle lens, which was designed for fullframe reflex camera. Nevertheless, it may be also used with APS-C/DX and Four Thirds cameras. The lens’s optical construction was based on two lenses made of the quality glass with high refraction factor, which made it possible to minimize its weight and dimensions. Moreover, we used an aspherical lens was to prevent the horizontal chromatic aberration. Owing to the high-quality, dense anti-reflexive layers, the lens produces stunningly high contrasts and perfectly reflects the natural colors. Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC also takes advantage of the so called gliding lenses allowing to minimize the focusing distance.

The lens will be available for sale with the following mounts: Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony Alfa. The recommended retail price for the microprocessor was established at EUR 379 gross. You will have a great opportunity to take a close look on the new Samyang 35mm 1:1.4 AS UMC on Sunday, during Focus on Imagining fairs in Birmingham in Great Britain. Please, don’t hesitate and visit Samyang stand located in the 10 hall, sector Q12.

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  • ZDP-189

    They should have used green; it worked for Noktor. People will buy anything with green annodising. I hope the scale isn’t stick on. Otherwise, hey, if it’s cheap…

    Hang on $540?!?

    Well as long as the AF is fast and precise.


    • WoutK89

      AF on a Samyang? This lens is MF only…

      PS Admin, nice google translation.

      • Actually this is not got a Google translation, at least not by me – I got the press release directly from Samyang.

        • WoutK89

          Samyang, if you need an editor for your press releases, I am open to check anything 😛

      • ZDP-189

        My sarky wink-wink smilie failed. It defaulted to smile. Yes, there is no AF. As a manual focus 35/1.4 it is competing with the Voigtlander 35/1.4 MC or 35/1.4 SC, which are great lenses and cheaper.

        In fact, it’s even more expensive than the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and that does autofocus. It had better be real good.

        • Global

          This lens is Full-Frame and is not able to have a market scale the size of Sigma’s 30/1.4 (which is crop-body only).

          It should still be cheaper though. $300 and I’d consider it for reverse macro purposes. I don’t see where $540 comes from, unless they spent too much on research and development.

          If they make Full-Frame Tilt-Shift lenses, however, I would be all over those. In my mind, anything non-AF should stay far away from “Normal”/”Near normal”.

          Nice accomplishment from Samyang — they really are trying — but this probably was a bad judgement, because resources could have been better spent elsewhere (gimme 2 tilt-shifts! one wide, and one tele!)

          • ZDP-189

            Global at $300, I’d be a lot more open minded! Wides and ultrawides are fine in MF and if they are as sharp as the 85mm is hyped to be then it should be a fine lens. If it wasn’t for my 85/1.2 I’d have tried their 85mm.

            Peter, Zeiss glass wouldn’t sell at the prices they charge without the Zeiss name.

  • Nikon Shooter

    compared to $1800, it’s cheap. And i bet the optics are better than the 35mm f/1.4 AIS, that thing is awful at 1.4.

  • amien

    I ‘ll take 2 for 1$ !!!

  • V

    About time…
    Guess they listened. I suggested this in an email when they were coming about with the 14mm. There is no excuse for a MF lens not to have a DOF scale. They are extremely useful.

    • asas

      I couldnt care less about a DOF scale. A bit more problematic is the asking price for a “noname” manufacturer.

      Around 400 € for a 35/1.4 Canon or Nikon lens would be a good deal. 400 for a manual focusing “no name” lens that might just break apart in two years … i am not sure.

      • V

        Obviously you haven’t read about or tried the 85/1.4 Samyang.

      • WoutK89

        Samyang used to be no name, but lately I see many people enjoy these lenses more because of the low entry price to still have third party high performance.

      • Rory

        Samyang has made lenses for and in conjunction with Vivitar, Bower, Rokinon, and several others for quite some time.

  • kjyuan

    I feel its a bit too high priced for a mf lens.

  • Peter

    The MTF curves give it better performance then the Nikon and Canon 35mm-s. And NO it’s not expensive for a mf lens… try getting an old Contax zeiss 35mm f/1.4. Which is outdated (a new zeiss is out) and the iris control is also manual…

  • inginerul

    i tried the 85 samyang. it has very good sharpness but very high CA in OOF and F planes. at 1.4 i think is on par with the old 85 1.4 nikon, which is an achievement.
    the downside is the construction, is plastic, the sun hood is a joke and the focusing ring is too stiff.

    the problem with a 85 1.4 MF is that i missed about 60% of all shots due to focus errors on my D700, the DOF is just too thin !

    • JED

      Get a decent focus screen.
      I have no problems manually focusing an 85 1.4 on my D300 with a Katz eye focus screen – only stationary targets ofcourse.

      • inginerul

        I will not cripple my camera with a third party focus screen just for a manual lens.

  • Phil

    I think the price is because Samyang is beginning to get traction as a name brand, believe it or not. They are hot. Everything they put out is getting VERY noticed because they are excellent deals for their price. They may have a flaw here and there, but overall these lenses are putting Nikkors to shame, especially the 85mm f1.4.

    • inginerul

      hold your horses, the samyang 85 does not put any nikkor to shame, actually, i preferred the more expensive and slower 85 1.8 nikkor in favor of the samyang.
      the 85 samyang is sharp but has horrid chromatic aberation and is pretty badly built.

      couple that to the fact that the new 85 1.4 nikon is a stellar performer on all accounts, the samyang suddenly felt really third party. it is sharp wide open, but what’s the point of the sharpness if you have high CA and tons of misfocused pictures, even on static subjects ?

      • Phil

        The f1.4 Nikkor is sharper at the critical point of focus across the lens, unfortunately that sharpness came at the expense of the main trait of a such lens, bokeh. The new Nikkor has a horrible shredded, stratified, almost banded bokeh.

        The raison d’etre of these lenses are their bokeh, and the new Nikkor fails miserably. The Samyang may have more CA, but it isn’t as bad as you profess, and more importantly, has the best bokeh of any modern 85mm f1.4 out there. Look at real images made with it and not resolution charts of the Samyang and the images will speak for themselves. Same with the Nikkor.

        • inginerul

          I tested the samyang and all of the nikon lenses and the bokeh of the AFs seemed better than the AFd, that is very acceptable in some shots, great in others.

          The samyang is a 300 euro lens, and it performs according to the price, nothing more in my opinion. That is why I bought the 85 1.8 rather than the samyang (I was strapped for cash at the point of the purchase).

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